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Thursday, November 18, 2010

6 Ways to Organize Your Jewelry

I'm so excited to announce we have a guest blogger...Deb Lee! Deb is a Certified Professional Organizer® and the founder of D. Allison Lee LLC. I'm not ashamed to admit I am a major groupie and stalk her blog Organize to Revitalize daily! There you can find tips on everything from saving time to saving money from organizing receipts to organizing your lists and even cleaning your refrigerator, you name it Deb has an organizational solution for it! And now she is sharing her awesome organizing how to with us! Fellow jewelry designers and jewelry junkies Deb has some great solutions for keeping all your pretty jewels in order in her post 6 Ways to Organize Your Jewelry.

6 Ways to Organize Your Jewelry
Deb Lee, Certified Professional Organizer®

Organizing anything takes a little forethought. When you have to organize an inventory of items that range from large and fabulous to elegant and teeny tiny, you may have to get a little creative.  If you love jewelry or make them, like our Ms. Haynes does, here are a few tips for you.

Inventory and categorize your items
Don’t buy anything! …yet.  Resist the urge to buy any organizing products. First - figure out what you will be keeping.  Once you have the number of pieces you’re going to keep, put them in categories.  Do you want to group them by type, color, size, or material?  …or perhaps your favorites or sets?
You might also have a category for broken pieces, although I would recommend that you pitch those. Yes, I’m putting my organizer foot down! On a serious note, if part of your plan is jewelry repair, you should definitely have a category for that.

Think about your space
Consider how much storage space you have. If you have room for ten things and you have fifty, well, you have a few hard decisions to make…or, you can get super creative. =)  Use vertical space, e.g., walls and doors (inside and out). If you’ve ever been to nail salon, you’ve probably seen those acrylic nail polish organizers mounted to the wall.  They’re easy to see and you can find the polish you’re looking for. Wall mounted jewelry organizers can do the same for you.

Find the right storage product
Choose the right storage option based on the size and layout of your space, and be sure that you like it.  If you think the storage unit is ugly, you probably won’t use or keep up with it.  So, go for wild and crazy, if that’s what you like. 
Here are a couple of products that might work for you…

Earring Organizer and Jewelry Display (Necklace Holder, Jewelry Storage) | quiet ground 
This creative design is made by KikiBella. It can hold earrings, necklaces, brooches, barrettes and/or hair pins.  Use several for large volumes of jewelry. Find it on Etsy.com.


Folding Earring Screen
This organizer is great for those smaller items in your collection.  Find it on Amazon.
 Acrylic Drawer Tower Organizer
Another organizer that’s great for teeny tiny things, like rings and earrings.  Find it on Amazon.

Hanging Jewelry Organizer
If you’ve got more room in your closet than you do in your main storage space, this hanging organizer might do the trick.  You can also travel with it.  Get it on Amazon.

Powell Dakota Cheval Jewelry Wardrobe with Full-Length Mirror
This is a great unit that does double duty.  It’s a mirror on the outside and jewelry storage (all types) on the inside.  The full length mirror tilts to various angles. Get it on Amazon. Check out the over-the-door version here and smaller square wall mount unit here. Btw, I use this one myself!

BelleDangles Jewelry Organizer

Mount this organizer to the wall to hang your necklaces, dangling earrings, and bracelets in plain view. Keep jewelry boxes or trees on the shelf. Get it on Amazon.

Deb Lee is a Certified Professional Organizer® and the founder of D. Allison Lee LLC, a professional organizing company that helps residential and business clients realize their goals of getting organized, increasing productivity, and reducing stress. Deb was recently named the 2010 Professional Organizer of the Year by the National Association of Professional Organizers, Washington D.C. Metro Chapter. Visit her blog, Organize to Revitalize!, for more tips on personal and professional organizing.

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Stephanie said...

It was a wonderful idea to have a guest blogger Christine! And Deb was a good choice, she has some excelent tips and suggestions for us jewelry lovers. Will she be a regular on your blog? I also took a look at her blog you are right to "stalk" it daily she has a wealth of information there.

Stephanie -

Deb Lee said...

Hi Stephanie: Thanks for the kind comments! I'm glad that you found my tips helpful. Jewelry can be so much fun! ...it helps to have everything in it's own special place so you can find what you want when you want it. How do you organize your pieces?

Fezelry Jewelry Designs said...

Hi Stephanie!
Thank you so much for visiting our blog! I'm thrilled you enjoyed Deb's post. We are hoping she will come back! (hint,hint Deb):o)
I love the creative storage suggestions, I really love the idea of using the clear acrylic containers with draws for small items. I'm going to get a couple for my little gems.

Nightlife PR said...

Amazing! Great to see Deb as a guest blogger on FJD! Good ideas for organizing the jewelry I'll have to share with the girls. Love that Full length mirror/jewelry holder product.

Stephanie said...

Hi Deb, Christine
Thank you for responding to my post that's so nice of you both!
Christine I actually met you! And I own a very nice piece of your jewelry. I love it.
Deb, I own a lot of jewelry so now I actually keep it all in a very large jewelry armoir so everything is safe. I like the idea of storing some of my small jewelry in the clear containers. I may get a few of those as well to keep on my dresser. Thank you again.

Deb Lee said...

@NightlifePR: I actually use the full length mirror/jewelry armoire every day. It was a great purchase and I'm sure it will work well for any jewelry lover...and people who like looking at themselves in the mirror.;) Thanks for leaving a comment. =)

@Stephanie: Glad to hear that you've got your jewelry under control. When you try those clear containers, let me know how you like them. Have a great weekend. =)

@Christine: Thanks again for hosting my article. You're an awesome host! =)

Fezelry Jewelry Designs said...

@Stephanie! Now I know why your name rang a bell! You own the floating freshwater pearl necklace! In Pink! I remember where we met! I'm glad you decided to keep it for yourself after all! :o)
I own a jewelry Armoir as well I love mine its the perfect size...for now! Great to hear from you Stephanie!

@Deb! Its my pleasure to host you! I can't wait to have you join us again!

@NightlifePR Glad you enjoyed our surprise guest, there are more surprises to come! And the full length jewelry holder with mirror is pretty awesome....I know whats going to be under your family tree this Holiday!